Monday, January 5, 2015

"Little Jimmy Dickens"...a "Big" Tribute!


....If you lived in Central Illinois in the 40’ radio station boomed in with great country and western stars singing on the Grand Ole Opry...that was WSM in Nashville.  A regular FOREVER on stage was Little Jimmy Dickens. His passing is noted by me as a small tribute for the music and fun he provided a young guy who would eventually make his small mark on broadcasting.   
So..I thank him here.
 “ .... Little Jimmy Dickens was 94 when he died last Friday, and for more than six decades of that lifespan, he was a signature member of Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry. The Tennessean says “he was a vital part of the scene both onstage and backstage. 
His dressing room was an essential stop for performers on the show, and it was there that he held court for a variety of artists, some of whom came to the Opry more than a half century after Mr. Dickens' 1948 debut.” 
He’d performed at the WSM Nashville (650)-based Opry less than two weeks before his death, on December 20. You could see some of his patented self-deprecating jokes coming a mile away, like "I'm Little Jimmy Dickens, or Willie Nelson after taxes.” 
Dickens was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1983.”
His hits...& some of my favorites:

May the Bird of Paradise Fly Up Your Nose,
Take An Old Cold Tater,
A-Sleepin' at the Foot of the Bed,
Another Bridge to Burn,
I'm Little but I'm Loud,
Country Boy,
No Place Like Home for Christmas,
It May Be Silly,
Take Me as I Am,
Salty Boogie,
Black Eyed Joes,
Country Music Lover,
Pennies for Papa,
Farewell Party,
Handle With Care,
You All Come,
Poor Little Darlin'

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